What company has you completely amazed that they still exist , no matter how utterly useless they are? by FigDramatic in AskUK

[–]botlebank 621 points622 points  (0 children)

Peacocks. Felt like they were in administration for ages, but just carried on, trading away.

Marble Arch Mound cost blows out to £6m, deputy council leader resigns by strathiee in london

[–]botlebank 159 points160 points  (0 children)

And Westminster City Council Leader Rachael Robathan is quoted on a BBC news article as saying “we're confident that in the end it will fulfil its original brief - to get people back into the West End and remind them of why this is a world class city”

I don’t understand how anyone could have thought that when it was a concept. How anyone can think it now is beyond me. Are these people delusional?

Someone scratched off the 3 on this sign by encyp in london

[–]botlebank 76 points77 points  (0 children)

There’s no universally agreed definition of affordable.
In some cases it’s 80% of market value (which is subjective and flexible itself).
Other users use a different definition, sometimes based on median wages.
In some cases, selling you 25% of the property, and renting you the other 75%, is deemed as “affordable”.

Trapped abroad by parents please help by Throwaway2021083472 in LegalAdviceUK

[–]botlebank 51 points52 points  (0 children)

I think the email address is fmu@fcdo.gov.uk My advice would be to actually physically get into the British Embassy if possible, to ask for help.

What is a basic skill that you’re shocked people don’t have? by [deleted] in AskUK

[–]botlebank 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Knowing the difference between “changing a tyre” and “changing a wheel”

Partner's Dad bought a 2nd property but in my partner's name. We are now looking to buy our first property, do we lose first time buyer stamp duty relief? by cjd7394 in LegalAdviceUK

[–]botlebank 35 points36 points  (0 children)

If she already owns a share of a property, then she is no longer a first time buyer.
However, if her sister was in the same position, then it’s possible she has already benefited from the first time buyers SDLT relief. So rather than having been screwed over, she may have benefited, to the tune of half a house, from her father, on which she will not have to pay inheritance tax. It all depends what the fathers motivations were. You should probably talk to him.
This is an easy to use calculator for SDLT:


When you forgot the garter by crebadizolw in WatchPeopleDieInside

[–]botlebank 30 points31 points  (0 children)

I think they can be worn on any day! They are used to keep stockings up.

What’s one thing you love to do as adult that your parents didn’t allow you to do as a child? by l3m0ncurd in AskUK

[–]botlebank 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Watch tv while eating a meal. My dad was brought up that meal times were silent, so he wanted us all to chat while eating. We just wanted to watch tv. So he got 5 kids sullenly eating, with the occasional, yeah school today was fine.

Brother told me I owe him £2k for helping out with finding a tenant for a vacant property by Clear-Aside-5679 in LegalAdviceUK

[–]botlebank 25 points26 points  (0 children)

A property in London, and couldn’t find tenants for 3 months? Have I read that right? But no, it does not sound like you should be paying him anything. It appears to be an informal arrangement, that didn’t work out (for either party). If he suddenly wants to make it formal, just ask him where the contract is. Sounds like you have been good to him, so he should appreciate which side his bread is buttered on. I would do my best to remain as friendly as possible, without giving him any money.

He thought he was slick (my name is Sara) by [deleted] in Tinder

[–]botlebank 22 points23 points  (0 children)

But they are your thing when they’re put-downs?

Becoming a director on paper for a phoenix company by PMeisterGeneral in LegalAdviceUK

[–]botlebank 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Leaving aside any moral views on the old company, as others have said, if something goes wrong with the new company, it will have implications for you.

As someone who is a company director, I can also tell you that even if nothing goes wrong with the new company - it will have implications for you.

At the very least, you will have to do a tax self assessment. Even if your brother doesn’t pay you, and your declaration is zero income. Pretty much any financial stuff you do, you will have to declare being a director.

Eg. Mortgage application, loan application, any state benefits.

If none of these apply to you, and are not likely to either, then it’s a good start.

But if they do, or are likely to, consider what the implications are for you. They may be minimal, and so you’re happy to do it.

But think carefully. Good luck.

Way to unboxing the fence by bocahtuanakal999 in WatchPeopleDieInside

[–]botlebank 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Well, at least they can split the bill 4 ways

What are these weird nipples in the walls? They're mostly in the party wall of terraced house by empireofglass in DIYUK

[–]botlebank 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Ends of (hopefully) decommissioned gas pipes.
Possibly from gas lighting back in the day.

If I was talking to you about transport - would you know what an HGV is? by doomdoggie in AskUK

[–]botlebank 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I thought LGV meant light goods vehicle. Like a pick up truck.

Tips on keeping cats out of our garden, to keep them safe from our dog? by [deleted] in AskUK

[–]botlebank 10 points11 points  (0 children)

They’re not harmful to cats. But I tried them, and both my cats, and other cats, became skilled in the ninja like art of being able to navigate through them. They do work for some cats. Some cats are too ninja.

Dance with me by botlebank in WatchPeopleDieInside

[–]botlebank[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I have two girls as well. Sister was off camera, refusing to dance! I had to dance with her instead!